The aging-in-place demographic is becoming an increasingly important part of the housing market. According to a recent Conference Board of Canada report, by 2030 we can expect that four out of every five new households will be formed by people over 65 and older individuals will account for 80% of the housing demand. Unfortunately, almost all houses are designed for people in good health and can be difficult, isolating, even dangerous places for older persons to live. If this situation remains unchanged, the majority of today’s 5 million Canadian seniors (9.6 million by 2036) may be forced out of their homes and into communal settings such as long-term care facilities. This will adversely affect their quality of life and further stress an already overburdened health care system.
This research project developed cutting edge aging-in-place design strategies for a small laneway house that could be constructed in the backyard of a standard Calgary residential lot. It is a unique community based research collaboration between Architecture and Medical Researchers at the University of Calgary and our industry partners – Homes by Avi, and the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
To learn more about the project view presentations below (pdf):
The Aging-in-Place Laneway House is available for viewing by appointment.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or how to get involved, please contact:
EVDS Associate Dean (Research + International)